SHAYKHULISLAM hazrat Baba dawood Khaki (rehmatullahealaih)

Posted: December 21, 2012 by kashmirsufis in Kashmiri stuff

The renowned Islamic Mujtahid Imam Mohammad Ghazali refers in his world known treatise Kimiya-i S’adat that it is the indication of Allah’s love for a person that He opens the doors of wisdom to him. The quote suits the well known medieval scholar and Sufi Shiekh Baba Daud Khaki well. He was born in Srinagar in 928 Hijra corresponding to 1521 A.D. Tarikh Hassan mentions his place of birthas Kalashpora whereas a modern writer has identified it as Nowpora, adding that the present progeny of the great saint lived in the same locality. His father was Shiekh Hasan Ganai, a well known Khattat or scribe. G M D Sufi mentions that “the word Ganai comes from gan meaning a pen and the writer is, therefore, called the ganai as he uses the pen. The title of Ganai is believed to havebeen conferred, in Kashmir, on Baba Usamn Uchchap by BudShah, at whose burial the Sultan is said to have been present. Though Shiekh Daud lost his parents in the early childhood, yet he was destined to receive education from veteran religious luminaries like Allama Razi-ud Din, Mulla Baseer Khandabhawani, and Shams-ud-din Paul. Besides, by the grace of Allah, he had the qualities of head and heart. As a scholar he had no paralleland nobody could match his scholarship. It is interesting to note that most of the Sufis of the medieval times were first the religious luminaries before turning to Sufism. May be the instance of Khawja Nizamu-ud din Auliya(RA), Hazrat Mehboob ul Alam Shiekh Hamza Makhdoom(RA), Sheikh Yaqoob Sarfi (RA), or Shah Qasim Haqani (RA), almost all of them were well versed with thereligious tenets. This is in contrast to the modern scenario wherein some of those who claim to be Sufis but devoid of the knowledge of the shariat. These revered Sufis opened the doors of the house of Shariat, tread the path of Sufism (Tariaqat) to reach the zenith of the Maurfat, and they were successful in finding the ultimate Truth (Haqiqat). It was their experiences that led them to the vistas of Tasawuf.
He was engaged in the royal services as the tutor of Sultan Nazak Shah’s son. He gave up services and became a murid (disciple) of Sheikh Hamza Makhdoom, who bestowed him a Khirqa in the Suharvardi Silsilah. He became of the seven glittering stars who groomed under the blessed tutelage of Shiekh Hamza Makhdoom. These sevenSufis besides Shikh Daud included Mir Hyder Tulmuli, Khawaj Hasan Qari, Khawaja Ishaq Qari, Mulla Ahmad Chagli. Besides he also sought the blessings of Syed Ahmad Kirmani (RA), Moulana Shiekh Ahmad Qari (RA), Baba Hardi Reshi. Soliciting the guidance of Mir Ismail Shami, he became enrolled in the Qadri Silsilah (Order).
Sheikh Daud became instrumental in guiding thousands of Kashmiris to the right path. He has been rightly called the Imam Azami Sani. He guided the desirous ones to the stages of spiritual domain and had a number of disciples. The chief among them may be mentioned Haji Daud Balkhi, Mir Nazuk Qadri, Khawja Zain ud Din Rainawari. He travelled far and wide in the valley, relieving people of evils and myths. He breathed his last on 3rd of Safar 994 Hijra (1585 AD). Initially he was buried in Islamabad but later his mortal remains were shifted to the shrine of his Murshid Sheikh Hamza Makhdoom at Kohi Maran.

Sheikh Daud had Khaki as his pen name though some assert that abdicating the royal riches and dashing the noble status along with his wishes to the ground (Khak) entitled him to be Khaki. As a profile writer he has to his credit many works of repute. These include Virdul Murideen, Dastoorul Salikeen, Qasida Jalalia, Qasida Lammiya,. His excellence in the religious scholarship may be judged from the fact that, in his Virdul Murideen, he has quoted from over two hundred religious works. Virdul Murideen, still recited in the Khanqhas and Masajid (mosques) of Kashmir on occasions, is a compilation of 1362 verses in honour (manaqib) of his spiritual preceptor HazratMehboob ul Alam Shiekh Hamza Makhdoom(RA). Dastoorul Salikeen is the commentary of the VirdulMurideen. Besides the significance these works carry in the religious and spiritual circles, they serve an important hagiographic source for the contemporary Kashmir. Dr Ishaq Khan says that “Sufi literature does not merely hold a fascination for seekers after the Truth because of its appeal to
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  1. ishfap ahmad says:

    Assalamu Allikum (Wwk)
    Thank u, as i found a solid nd grecious answer from ur updation. Almighty will bless u nd ur whoke family.(AMEEN)

  2. kashmirsufis says:

    Wa alaikumus salaam, aameen. Nd thnk u for ur comment that made me very glad after a long busy day. May ALLAH’S BLESSINGS CONTINUE ON YOU AND ON UR FAMILY AND IN UR EVERY TIME.

  3. Farooq Qureshi says:

    Many thanks to the writer. Does somebody know any of the descendants of Hazrat Baba Daud Khaki and their whereabouts? I would love to meet one of them.

  4. Shumaila khaki says:

    Thank you so much Mr. Bashir Ahmed for writing this enlightening piece on Hazrat sheikh baba Davood khaki (rehmatullahi alaih). Even after being from the progeny of Hazrat baba davood khaki I had not this much of information about him.
    I would be highly obliged if you could please email any more information about the great Saint @

    Warm regards

  5. Asslamoalikum wa Rhamtula wa Barkat ho janb baba dawood khki sahb kay baray main malomat boht hi kam hn in ki mokamal tafsel farham kaen Baba kahki ky waldae garmi khn sy kadhmir ayae ro Baba khki ki pedaish sy ly kar shadi or un kiowlad kitni thi kitnay betay kitni betiyn or kitni shadiyn ki or un ki owlad kh kh abad ha baraye mherbani pori tafsil ap lod karyn or ha boht si kitabon main main ny in ko syed phra ha kia yae dorst ha main ap ka shukar guzar rhon ga waslam

  6. Muhammad siddique says:

    I need complete knowledge about hazrat baba dawood khaki

  7. peerzada aadil zahoor says:

    Asalamualykum plz give me a PDF Urdu version of virdul mureedeen by sheykh baba davoodi khakhie a.r ……..

  8. me shafi pirzada from azad question is whether baba dawud khaki ra was syed or not.kindly reply with some is still un solved question.

    • kashmirsufis says:

      Thank u sir… actually Baba dawood khaki was from The Ganai Family .but the confusion in calling him syed is clear… As baba dawood khaki (rahimahumullah) has himself called his Murshid Sultanularifeen Shaykh Hamzah Makhdoomi (qadasallahu sira) as Aale Rasoolullah (alayhesalam) in his famous farsi book Wirdulmurideen becoz according to hadith of Prophet Muhammad (alayhesalam) Every pious is my progeny..that z why makhdoome pak is spiritual son of prophet of Allah (alyhesalam). Same goes to Allama Baba Dawood Khaki… wallahu aalam

  9. Mohd Akram Lodhi says:

    Is Virdul Murideen in urdu language available and if from where in kashmir?

    • kashmirsufis says:

      Dear bro wirdulmurideen is originally in persian languuage and it has been translated into urdu language and also in english language recently…… u can purchase it from shaykh usman n sons gow kadal lalchowk.. and sultania book depot àlso in gow kadal lal chowk……n also at the shrine of makhdoo sahb rainawari srinagar .thanm you

  10. Muhammad Mahroof says:

    Asslam o alikum
    As our grand father told us that our grand grand grand…. father was baba daud khaki. He has seven sons one of them was Faizullaha. Any body with more history please contact .

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